On this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure Kevin Gozstola and I speak with Peter Hart, the activism director for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), about the corporate pro-war media’s shameful portrayal of Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. (Download the episode here or subscribe for free on iTunes here).
US news media were excited this past week. US-led military forces began to launch air strikes in Syria, which is what they had been anxiously waiting to see happen for weeks.
But with that eagerness to get on with another US war, there have been a set of myths. One fundamental myth involves President Barack Obama being cast as the “Reluctant Warrior.” He did not choose this war. The war chose him. How could Obama shirk from his duty to defend the “homeland”?
This week on the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast the guest is Peter Hart, the activism director for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). Hart discusses these myths in media coverage of the escalated war in Iraq and Syria against ISIS. He talks about Obama being treated as a “Reluctant Warrior” and the effect that has on news reports. He also addresses the fear mongering that has been ongoing and the absence of antiwar voices on television.
The discussion segment highlights Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation and how Holder presided over a Justice Department that is still investigating antiwar activists. Then, an Alabama judge suspending the First Amendment for a newspaper for a little over a week is highlighted. And, finally, the show covers what has been happeningin Ferguson with an escalation in police targeting community organizers